Over the past year of planning, styling, designing and contributing to vintage weddings, I find that almost all of them fall into one of two categories: rustic or refined. Of course I have a few brides who’s wedding ideas are completely unconventional, like the circus themed wedding I’m currently working on (which is SO FAB!) or this cute soiree that was just filled to the brim with inside jokes and personal touches. But for the most part, brides either like rustic or refined vintage. This is just a guide to help hone in on your style, of course there will be some crossover as well! Every vintage wedding is a bit different, which is why I love this job so much!
So what contributes to “refined vintage” and what elements play a part in “rustic vintage”? Let’s start with the venue. Brides who are more drawn to a rustic vintage wedding have a strong love for worn wood floors, expansive barns, low hanging southern oak branches & twinkle lights. Our beautiful southern plantation homes make for a perfect rustic wedding backdrop. It’s no secret that I’m completely smitten with Destrehan Plantation, which is a perfect example of a rustic wedding venue.
Brides who are drawn to this type of venue, are usually more drawn to handmade details, hand drawn signs, and mis-matched decor. The rustic loving bride loves Kraft, calligraphy, lace, wood and a more natural look.
Decor elements in a rustic vintage wedding can range from whiskey barrels to galvanized metal to old wooden hand-drawn signs. Beers and champagne can be seen in an old baby bathtub, canoe, or metal buckets. Bails of hay are sometimes used as seating, possibly pared with an antique chicken coop coffee table. All of these items (besides the hay!) are available to rent from Mrs. Vintage!
Love vintage, but you’re not quite into the whole barn-yard thing? Then you are probably more drawn to the refined vintage feeling wedding. New Orleans has so many elegant vintage venues, it’s really quite a unique city in that way. From stately French Quarter mansions like Melrose Mansion, to centuries old brick courtyards like the Hermann-Grima house there is something for every vintage loving bride. Even our well-loved restaurants like Antoines‘ make for a beautiful backdrop. The elegant vintage bride prefers silver over wood, sparkly gold, well maintained antique furniture, & calligraphy over hand-drawn chalkboard lettering.
An elegant wedding at Antoines’ by Bash,Please. Photo by Tec Petaja. I had the pleasure of seeing the ladies at Bash,Please work on this wedding, and even helped out a bit myself!
Ok, so there you have it. Elegant vs. rustic. Which one are you more drawn to?